While technological advancement may stagnate, software trends continue to come and go at breakneck speed. Yesterday’s sleek UI is tomorrow’s retro. You can see the changes happen overnight. Older users have long since been forced off most platforms, finding it impossible to keep up with how it all functions. Younger generations thrive, gain an intuitive understanding of meta-UX, don’t even think twice before confidently interacting with never-before-seen interfaces.
“user interface in flux”
Getting blocked by the popular kids is a social death sentence. If two or more of your friends are blocking a specific someone, then they’ll be blocked for you too. And who isn’t friends with the popular kids? You have to be. So they get to decide who’s in, and who’s out. And your friends? You better not be friends with anyone after your blocking, or you’ll be directly responsible for their deaths, too.
They thought they had the greatest avenue for advertisement in hand. Of course, wireheads weren’t exactly the biggest demographic. Not yet at least. But with a 90% conversion rate you didn’t need that many targets anyway. “Just send the brilliance of the product straight into their brains!” Marketing leads loved saying it, the reality was more subtle than that. Carefully crafted impulses, sensations, matching the visual presentation in just the right way to bring the consumer to action.
It quickly became apparent, however, that such stimulus cocktails weren’t entirely self-contained. By experiencing different neural advertisements in quick succession, entirely new, often unexpected effects could be achieved. The wireheads went wild with it, experimenting, sharing recipes, fighting for the preservation of the advertisements long after their companies had pulled them.
“neurohacking IS the product”
As if ghost profiles, accounts of the deceased, weren’t enough on their own, archive dot org is giving them permanence. Bounds by tethers of identity, their souls will never be able to move on.
Create a social network. User identities are created through proof of work. Messages are permanent, restricted in length, and posting is rate-limited per identity.
All of this is to prevent making the gimmick too easy to use. But you don’t tell anyone yet.
Get a bunch of people on, stir up discussion, encourage shitposts. Do what you must to generate a good amount of organic content. If you can get multi-lingual users on, even better. Let this continue on for a while. At an arbitrary point in time, maybe after a milestone amount of messages, flip the switch.
All initial restrictions on identity, message length and volume are lifted. But users can no longer free-form compose messages. Instead, every word (or sequence of words) must be a pointer to a word (or sequence) in an existing message. Pointing to pointers is fair game, for convenience’s sake. Vocabulary on the network is now set in stone, forever unchanging. How will this transform the use of language? What kind of content will people create?